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Raga - time of day.

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Q: Do people still follow the rules for playing ragas at certain times of day?

A: In India these days, a lot of people are not so strict about following the time scheme for ragas. They will practice a rag any time, but then try to perform it only at the right time. Khansahib was always very strict about following these rules. He believed it would bring bad luck to anyone who played ragas out of time. Students at the AACM in the 1970s witnessed him berating a guest teacher for teaching Malkauns in the afternoon. His belief was that the ragas were spiritual entities, and should be treated with utmost respect every time they were played or practiced.

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